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Bells & Whistles

Bridge kessonsBells & Whistles workshops are geared for intermediate players who want to learn useful tools and conventions that complement either Standard American or Two-over-One Game Force systems. Whether you are looking to add new tools to your game or simply want a better understanding of them, these workshops are for you. Each workshop stands on its own so players are welcome to attend whenever there is a topic of interest.

The 1½-hour workshops use experience from playing hands to emphasize teaching points. The workshops focus on the 16 conventions Larry Cohen recommends. ACBL Accredited Teacher, Susan Fronapfel, presents the lessons. Refreshments are provided. Come with a friend — or come alone and make new ones!

The Bells & Whistles workshops are on Monday mornings from 10:00-11:30 am; cost is $12 per workshop ($9 for Newtown Bridge Club members). Players receive a comprehensive handout for each workshop.

Bells & Whistles, Mondays, 10:00-11:30 am: January 15 through May 21, 2018

Questions? Contact Susan at or 203-733-8525.

Bells & Whistles, Mondays, 10:00-11:30 am

Workshop Topic Dates
1 Negative Doubles Jan 15
2 Key Card Blackwood “1430” Jan 22
3 Control-showing Cue Bids Jan 29
4 Advanced Stayman and Jacoby Transfers Feb 5
5 4th Suit Forcing Feb 12
6 DONT, a defense over opponents’ opening 1NT Feb 26
7 Unusual Notrump & Michaels Cuebid Mar 5
8 New Minor Checkback Mar 12
9 Jacoby 2NT Mar 19
10 Support Doubles Mar 26
11 lebensohl, part 1 (after interference over 1NT) *RESCHEDULED*
12 Drury Apr 9
13 Cue Bids showing Limit Raises (or better) Apr 16
14 Inverted Minors Apr 23
15 Splinter Bids Apr 30
16 Reverses & Jump Shifts May 7
17 lebensohl, part 1 (after interference over 1NT) May 14
18 lebebsohl, part 2 May 21


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